Since the majority of graduation ceremonies occur this month before Memorial Day, the Ideablog will explore the variety of life’s major passages: commencement rituals, taking things to the next level and meeting other hard-earned milestones.
A friend took me hiking in the Dolomite mountains. At first we chatted, our conversation like bubbles in a soda glass, fast and furious. Did I mention that my friend hikes all the time? Did I mention that I go on long walks? You know, the regular midtown to downtown, west side to the east side sorta walk. Not quite the same as walking straight up the side of a mountain. It was green, it was beautiful, it was hard. One step at a time, I kept taking one step at a time. That’s how we graduate. That’s how we grow. That’s how we get there. And on the top of the mountain, there were cows! There was also much needed water, a delicious lunch and cold refreshing white wine. (All of which made the climb oh so worth it.)
~~~Lori Fischer taught a workshop with Ideasmyth, Getting Your Story Started, Shaped + Fine-Tuned, in Fall 2014. She is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Author of the critically acclaimed musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, which played Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre in 2006 (Published by Samuel French). Lori received her MFA from the NYU Goldberg Dramatic Writing Department in 2008. Lori has appeared Off-Broadway in Cowgirls, Barbara’s Blue Kitchen and in many regional theaters across the country. Lori’s feature film Chasing Taste will screen in the Visionfest ’14 Film Festival at the Tribeca Film Center. www.lorifischer.net